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Comment: Re:I agree, 100% (Score 1) 377

by trout007 (#47967999) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

My thoughts exactly. They would like nothing more than to brainwash people that once they get old they are useless and resources shouldn't be spent on you. Better off for everyone if you just kill yourself, or at least don't get any medical care. Wait until your children start pressuring you into going quietly.

Comment: Recording industry had brief monopoly. (Score 2) 348

by trout007 (#47947445) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Music has existed as a business since before history. It only became a huge industry when recording and cheap players became available to a mass market. We are now past this point. Previously recording music required huge amounts of capital in equipment and copying and distribution. But now copying and transmitting are essentially without cost and recording and editing equipment is on the same scale as the instruments. The huge music industry is dead. What will replace it is a return to the past. Paying for the experience of a live show.
Recordings will serve mearly as advertising.

It's nice when you have a natural monopoly buy enjoy it while it lasts.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 2, Insightful) 326

by trout007 (#47935487) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

There are pros and cons to living anywhere. Cities have great access to all sorts of good and services but can be expensive. Rural areas are much cheaper but have difficult access. Suburban areas are a compromise.

Why tax those that live in high cost cities to pay to provide services to rural areas. Isn't the cheap cost of living in a rural area a natural subside?

Comment: What classes do you take? (Score 4, Interesting) 391

by trout007 (#47918893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

What does a Liberal Arts Degree mean these days? There used to be a traditional Liberal Arts education that included theology, grammar, reasoning, rhetoric, philosophy, arithmetic,logic, geometry, music, astronomy, etc. I could see how taking these as formal courses would help someones critical thinking. But how many people with LA degrees have mastered these?

Comment: Re:Another building full of robots? (Score 1) 157

by trout007 (#47823769) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

This is a result of artificially low interest rates. Any time you build manufacturing capability you need to do a cost/benefit analysis of how much to automate. I've done this analysis in the past when I worked for an automation house. The main factors are the local cost of labor and the interest rates. In times where interest rates were high (I have lived long enough to see this) and there was high unemployment so people would accept a lower wage it always made sense to hire more people than machines. The reason is a person is productive on an assembly line after a relatively short training period where it takes a while to design, manufacture, test, and install production equipment. The equipment is also a large capital investment and when interest rates are high you can sometimes get a better return just sitting on the cash or not borrowing it in the first place.

When times are good and there is low unemployment and interest rates it makes sense to more fully automate.

If we would let the market set interest rates the pace of automation would be naturally limited.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz